FCTRT Completes First Year of Service

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently celebrated the completion of their inaugural year of service at their first annual holiday party.  The Team was created to provide technical rescue capabilities to the citizens of our response area at no additional cost to the taxpayers and is designed to assist local emergency responders in the discharge of their duties by providing technical rescue services.   The purpose of the Team is to provide a nucleus of highly trained special rescue personnel to deal with different types of situations that the Team is capable and prepared to respond to and who continually train for these types of unique and unusual situations.

Technical rescue is the use of specialized rescue equipment and technical rescue skills for rescue and emergency events that are “outside the norm” of a typical emergency call for the local fire departments and emergency response agencies.  The FCTRT will literally spend hundreds of hours training for an emergency event that may only occur in its response area once every couple of years.

During its inaugural year of service, the FCTRT completed: 7 activations and deployments from Dyersburg to Byhalia to assist emergency response agencies; 11 presentations to local emergency response organizations and agencies; 7 business presentations emphasizing safety/emergency response procedures; 5 free CPR classes certifying 65 citizens and local emergency responders; 1 EVOC, VKF, and BBP class certifying 14 local emergency responders; 15 external training programs for our members from Memphis to Pigeon Forge; 18 internal Operational Readiness Exercises for our Team members; 2965 hours of cumulative internal and external training with the most active members averaging over 245 hours (this is in addition to each Team member’s prior training and agency training that they are affiliated with or employed by).

As part of their holiday celebration, the Team awarded their Officer of the Year and Member of the Year Awards.  Lt. Tyler Snider was chosen as the 2010 Officer of the Year based, in large part, upon his substantial involvement in a difficult and dangerous two day dive recovery operation in Dyersburg, Tennessee.  In addition, Lt. Snider completed over 200 hours of technical rescue training in 2010 and holds numerous technical rescue certifications from various agencies and departments.  He is a resident of Piperton, volunteers as a firefighter on the Rossville Fire Department, and is professionally employed as a licensed EMT by a local emergency response agency.  Sgt. Matt Wilson was chosen as the 2010 Member of the Year also based, in large part, upon his substantial involvement in a difficult and dangerous two day dive recovery operation in Dyersburg, Tennessee.  In addition, Sgt. Wilson completed over 200 hours of technical rescue training in 2010 and holds numerous technical rescue certifications from various agencies and departments.  He is also a resident of Piperton, volunteers as a firefighter on the Rossville Fire Department, and is professionally employed by a local emergency response agency.

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, non-profit and sanctioned rescue squad comprised of 31 volunteers from various emergency response agencies and departments that is solely funded through sponsors, donations, and private grants.  The Team is fully insured; available to respond in most of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas; and provides specialized emergency response to fire departments, police departments, and agencies requesting additional assistance or personnel without charge.  If you are interested in joining, assisting, donating, or just looking for more information about the Team, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com or call them at (901) 496-6800.